Jag's New Friend

Jag's New Friend

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by LeAnn Rimes, Richard Bernal
     
 
Jag's best friend, Simon, always seems too busy to spend time with her. Even Jag's old friend Isabel the parrot is rarely home these days. Jag is at her loneliest when along comes Bo, a snake willing to play all of Jag's favorite games. But Bo has something other than fun and games on his mind -- he is counting on Jag to help him raid a nest. Will Jag choose Bo over

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Jag's best friend, Simon, always seems too busy to spend time with her. Even Jag's old friend Isabel the parrot is rarely home these days. Jag is at her loneliest when along comes Bo, a snake willing to play all of Jag's favorite games. But Bo has something other than fun and games on his mind -- he is counting on Jag to help him raid a nest. Will Jag choose Bo over her true friends? This lively jungle story about loyalty and trust is the perfect complement to Jag, the first book by this talented trio.

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Publishers Weekly
In Jag's New Friend by LeAnn Rimes, with Dean Sheremet, illus. by Richard Bernal, the young heroine introduced in Jag feels hurt when no one has time for her. She befriends a snake, Bo, who, unsurprisingly, is not as genuine as he first appears. Jag ultimately learns that even friends aren't always available to play. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Jag, a young jaguar, is miserable. Her best friend Simon is captain of the climbing team and they have a big meet coming up. He must practice, practice, practice. Jag tries doing some her favorite activities, but they just are no fun when done alone. She decides to visit her bird friend Isabel, but Isabel is not home. As she is dejectedly leaving, she hears a snake speaking to her. Simon had warned her against speaking to snakes, but she is so lonely, she ignores his advice. Bo, the snake, agrees to play "Angels in the Grass" and track snail races. Then he challenges Jag to a tree climbing race. Alas, Jag has been tricked. Bo's real purpose is to use Jag to warn him when anyone is coming. Almost too late, Jag discovers that Bo has crawled out on the limb holding Isabel's nest and is reaching for the egg it contains. Now Jag is both miserable and embarrassed. She mopes around at home and at school. Finally she gets up enough nerve to climb the tree again. This time to apologize to Isabel. Fortunately, the egg has been saved and the baby bird hatches. Isabel accepts Jag's apology and gives her some good advice about playing on her own and avoiding snakes. The full-color illustrations feature cuddly-looking animals in a cozy jungle setting. A good read aloud for young children. 2004, Byron Preiss/Dutton, Ages 3 to 6.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A didactic story about the friendship between two cubs. When Simon's team practice encroaches on his time with Jag, she sets out to find someone new to play with. After meeting Bo, a snake that almost tricks her into betraying an old friend, Jag realizes that hanging out with the wrong company may bring trouble. Large, childlike watercolors of the appealing little animals express the loneliness of the little jaguar and her ultimate repentance. Although they help soften the moralistic tone, the lesson is the focus of this offering.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525472988
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/27/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Jag's New Friend 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Popular young singer LeAnn Rimes and her husband, dancer/choreographer Dean Sheremet follow their initial collaborative effort, Jag, with a story of friendship. As Jag's New Friend opens we find the perky jaguar and her best friend, Simon, lazing in a field enjoying a beautiful day. But, Simon's been pretty busy lately as captain of the climbing team, and he no longer has a great deal of time to spend with Jag. When Jag complains to her mother, mom suggests she visit her friend, Isabel. However, Isabel the parrot isn't at home. Instead, Jag found a snake, Bo, who offered to play. Now, Jag has been warned that snakes aren't 'cool'. But, Bo looks good to him - he'll show those friends who ignore him. The little jaguar is soon disheartened when he sees that what Bo really wants is Isabel's eggs. (Wouldn't you know, snakes are always the bad guys!). So, Jag has a lot of explaining to do about why he took up with this slithery creature in the first place. The lesson is clear: even your best friends can't always pay attention to you, and be careful who you trust. Sales for this title will probably be buoyed by illustrator Richard Bernal's colorful illustrations and the Rimes name. - Gail Cooke